The Great Debate: Gender Reveal Parties

I hope you had a chance to check out my guest post for Athena over at Fitness & Feta yesterday!

Let me preface this post and say I AM NOT pregnant. This post idea was sparked by a conversation I had with Nick, my sister-in-law and her husband.

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A bump throwback

Maybe, I didn’t notice, but I don’t think that when I was pregnant that gender reveal parties were a huge thing. I feel like with the boom of pinterest, came the boom of other things, pressure for the DIY wedding, to become the perfect parent doing all the things, and of course, gender reveal parties.

I like the idea of gender reveal parties. I think it is a cute way to include friends and family in your pregnancy, or to have some suspense in your pregnancy, even just for a little while.

So what exactly is a gender reveal party? It’s a gathering where you have friends and family somewhere and reveal the gender of your baby in a fun way. Some people send the information to a bakery (without knowing themselves) and the bakery makes a cake and you cut into it and the inside is either pink or blue. Or you can go the DIY route and make cake pops!

Another common and frugal idea I have seen is to fill a box with balloons, a kite or lanterns and the color is either pink or blue, you open the box and let them fly out and reveal the gender that way.

The last is to fill a pinata, boxes, or something of that nature with either pink or blue glitter and let it fall over the parents-to-be heads. (One of my fabulous mom friends told me about this one!)

Of course you can play lots of games at the party and make your guests guess the gender. There are multiple ways to do this, I polled some mom friends and there suggestions include, having guests wear clothes the color of what they thing the gender is. You can have those guessing girl wear a hair bow and those guessing boy wear a fake mustache. Or you can do something super simple and just have a chalk board and tally the guesses.

Personally, I think that gender reveals are cute. I hate suspense and always want to know right away about everything (this includes Christmas presents) so I think that a gender reveal would be a nice way to bring that suspense. I would probably have a cake made or something along those lines. Nick however, thinks they are stupid.

So here is where you chime in. Gender reveal parties: love em or hate em?

It’s open, now what?

Thank you for all the wonderful comments on my Whole Foods post. I am happy to say (well Nick may not be happy) that since it opened on Wednesday I have been twice, once on Wednesday and once this morning.

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Opening Day, these are the lines to go inside. The lines wrapped all around the side of the building. It took B and I awhile to get inside, it was hot and people were pushy. I hung out in the back and waited until the crowd thinned a bit. Though this did mean that once I got inside it was PACKED.

Bonus of waiting? I scored one of these awesome reusable bags.

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I didn’t really explore that much on Wednesday, I will say that every aisle and counter were packed. The employees were extremely helpful and took customers straight to the item they were looking for instead of telling them what aisle it was in. Great customer service already, I dig it.

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The Butcher & Seafood counters were PACKED. I ended up in front of the butcher counter and splurged on two in-house made stuffed burgers (spoiler, they were amazing).

I basically walked the perimeter and decided I would come back later in the week. However, I did grab a picture of the Antipasti bar!

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So what did I get?

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B’s applesauce pouches (impulse buy, on sale at the register), Nick’s favorite cracker assortment, Balsamic Vinegar (on sale for $3.99 for a bottle that will last me a few months, at least, score!), 2 cookies from the buy by the pound section — those were for B, he was a trooper, 1/4 watermelon — we still had some at home so I didn’t want to buy a whole one, the burgers, a bunch of asparagus, and Ben&Jerry’s for Nick and So Delicious bars for me. I ended up spending $31.91. Not bad for my haul. Some items were pricier (burgers, cut watermelon, desserts), while some were a great deal (cookies, applesauce, vinegar).

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French Onion burger, stuffed with Gruyere cheese and I roasted some asparagus.

My biggest problem with the store was parking, it took me 20 minutes to find a spot and I know it took others longer. It also took me awhile the day I had my tour, so that was a bit frustrating, but really not in the store’s control.

This morning I went back, I forgot to grab enough veggies for the entire week so I went back. I also decided to turn our left over chicken into taco’s for tonight’s dinner so I needed to get some supplies for that as well.

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I don’t really eat mushrooms, but I thought this display was awesome, I think it was great that they separated and labeled all the types of mushrooms. I bet that will be a hit, especially with those that are just starting to cook with different types of mushrooms.

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Sorry my Greek wife is showing. Tzatziki. The Whole Foods in Glastonbury, CT made theirs in house and the Whole Foods, I shopped at up here (Medford & Woburn) did not, it was a store speciality. I am so happy that Melrose will be making and carrying it. It is the best store made Tzatziki I have ever tasted.

Today, it was definitely less crowded, I found a parking spot right up front easily (thank goodness) and I was able to take my time through the store. I have to say I was really excited when I saw my favorite fish guy from Medford behind the counter at the Melrose store. Sorry, Medford, but I hope he is here to stay. He was super helpful with giving information about different cuts of the fish and giving ideas on multiple ways prepare the fish I was purchasing that day.

I also wanted to buy tortillas for taco night, I checked the aisle with canned beans, no luck, so I made my way to the bread aisle, and the woman stocking said they are kept in the produce section. She offered to show me, I said no, I figured it would be an easy find. I went back to produce and couldn’t find them, I asked another team member and he thought they were in produce, then we went to the dairy and prepared cheese aisle, also not there. Turns out they were with the hummus, the team members were extremely apologetic and helpful. It wasn’t crowded so it wasn’t a big deal to me, but it was great to know that they will make sure you get exactly what you are looking for. The team member also explained that everyone came from different stores or were new completely so it will take a few days to figure out exactly where everything is.

The look of the store is bright and colorful, very cheerful, I am so happy that this store is opened!

Have you made your way to the new Whole Foods yet?

Whole Foods Market: Melrose, MA

If you live in the Greater Boston area you probably heard about how Whole Foods acquired 6 Johnnie’s Foodmasters. I didn’t live here long enough to really get attached to Johnnie’s and I love Whole Foods, so for me it was a win.

When we moved from our condo to our house we were either going back to Medford or to Woburn to grocery shop, while I enjoyed the stores it could be a trek, especially if B was cranky. I did try shopping at our neighborhood chain but I was spending the same amount of money for products that were not as high quality.

Then I remembered that Whole Foods was coming to Melrose. Melrose is a few towns over, but in terms of mileage not very far at all. The store is located at 880 Main Street in Melrose, MA.

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Through my relationship with other area Whole Foods I was able to partake in a one-on-one tour of the new location. I want to start by thanking Heather, who is the Public Relations Manager for the North Atlantic Region, and Carrie, who is the Marketing Team Leader which is a community liaison, she handles the activities, social media, the giving back, etc…

Also, the store is opening July 24, that is tomorrow! They start with the traditional bread breaking ceremony at 9:45 am. Mayor Robert Dolan and the Store Team Leader both say a few words and they break a giant loaf of braided bread, that you can of course can sample, and then the store is open. Be a part of  the Whole Foods Market History! The community market’s version of a ribbon-cutting, the bread breaking ceremony has been held at the opening of every Whole Foods Market store in the world.

Before I give you information on the Melrose store, I want to give you some over all Whole Foods information. Some of it was new to me and I have been shopping at Whole Foods pretty exclusively for 4 years.

  • Any product can be sampled in the store. This applies to body, grocery, etc… If you come across a package of crackers that you aren’t sure about find a team member and they will let you sample the cracker. This applies to everything, cheeses, olives, etc… If you aren’t comfortable trying the item in the store, bring it home and try it, if you do not like it, bring it back. Whole Foods has a satisfaction guaranteed policy.
  • At any given time there are over 1000 items on sale, and if you follow Whole Foods Melrose on Facebook or Twitter you will notice they have Flash Sales in the stores, these sales are for things like fruit, veggies, fish, meat, etc..
  • There are over 80 items banned from Whole Foods stores, things like HFCS and aspartame to name a few. Going to our chain store trying to find a BBQ sauce without HFCS was like finding a needle in a haystack, Whole Foods definitely makes shopping a little easier.
  • Whole Foods offers more than organic items, they also offer conventional items, but those items are still high quality. To add to this, many think that Whole Foods is TOO EXPENSIVE, I know for our family I was spending the same at WF that I was spending at the nearest national grocery chain. A great example is this:

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Whole Foods EVOO is $5.99, pretty reasonable.

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If you want to try a higher end EVOO you can, for $24.99

There really is something for every budget.

Now for the tour and some information so you know what to expect when heading into Whole Foods Melrose for the first time, keep in mind some areas are still under construction and so my pictures are an accurate portrayal of what was going on before the opening.

The store is 31,000+ square feet and has 125 employees, 70% of which are Full-Time, FT for Whole Foods is 30 hours a week. They do this so that more employees are eligible for FT benefits.

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The produce department, empty at the moment, but it will soon be full of fresh fruits and veggies!

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Whole Foods has tons of signage throughout the store, like the above, that is telling you where an item comes from. All the stores have artists that create these signs, they are trained in a specific font and create these signs. Very cool!

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Check out this Bulk Bins area! This is probably the largest bulk bin area I have seen. Carrie told me that they plan on putting out booklets on how to cook the different items that you can buy in bulk. I know for me personally that I can become intimidated by a new to me item. Uh, hello Quinoa! By providing these booklets they are hoping that as consumers we can expand our cooking and even save money! This is also where you can buy your nut butters and they have 3 nut butter grinders, one plain peanut, one honey peanut, and the third is yet to be determined!

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As we move down the store we end up at the Fish Market & Butcher Shop.

All Whole Foods adhere to the MBA and BOI standards on all wild caught seafood so that customers can make informed decisions about the seafood they are purchasing.
The seafood is delivered to all the MA Whole Foods from Gloucester 6 days a week.

Now off to the Butcher Shop, it is a real butcher shop, the employees are experienced butchers, and if you don’t know how to cook a type of meat, any of the butchers would be willing to give you tips or recipes, so don’t be afraid to ask! The items (sausages, burgers, kabobs, etc…) are all made in store. The meat is labeled with the Animal Welfare Standards, 1-5, it is a way of knowing how your animal was raised before buying.

There are also freezer sections with seafood and meat, great places to pick up or stock up with items when you don’t want to go to the store!

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Next we see the Whole Body area. Heather was right on the money when she said those who work in Whole Body are some of the most passionate, their motto is “What goes on your body is just as important as what goes ON your body”. They even have swap out events, these events are free and you can swap out things like deodorants and toothbrushes for better ones from the Whole Body section.

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Here is the frozen section. They have local products, vegan products, frozen meals, etc…

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Milk, Eggs, Yogurt and Butter. All eggs are cage free and all milk is rBGH free.

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One of my favorite sections is the cheese! They have multiple kinds of cheeses, a charcuterie, and will have a pasta station. The pasta will be cut to order {edited the pasta will not be made in house, just cut in house}…and now you know where to find me on the days I am carb loading!

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You can find blocks and shredded cheeses pre-packaged!

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They also have wedges of cheese pre-cut, but if you need one smaller or larger they will cut it for you in the store.

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The empty antipasto bar!

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But again, running late to your party, grab some pre-packaged olives and be the star of the party!

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On to the bakery! Something new I learned was that even in the cakes and pastries baked at Whole Foods there are no artificial flavors or colors. If you custom order a cake with red or green frosting, they might use beets or kale to make the coloring, how cool is that?

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I’ve never seen this at a Whole Foods before, a bulk candy bin, but have no fear it is natural candy, again with no artificial flavors or colors. As a mom, I love this. Kids want candy sometimes and in moderation it is definitely okay. I would feel very comfortable letting my son get candy from here (well in a few years anyway).

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This is where you will find items that are for those who have allergies!

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The bread is made in a bakehouse in Medford, very local!

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In the prepared foods, they have a pizza area that has its own dedicated phone line, so you can call in your order, shop, pick up your pizza, pay and head home! They will also have baklava and barbari bread which is an Afghan flatbread. As well as sandwiches, Panini’s, and little crock dishes, like pot pies. The crock dishes will change based on what the chef decides to put out. Lastly, there will be the in-house made Kikka Sushi.

Of course there will be your traditional hot and cold bars. Breakfast will be on the bar from 8-10 am and then lunch & dinner options for the rest of the day.

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When you see the label “From Our Kitchens” that means the items were made in their larger kitchens in Everett, MA (again super local) and shipped to stores.

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Anytime you see the Health Starts Here sign, this is an indicator for those who are starting their healthy eating journey. These items are healthy options with no oil, minimal salt, no added sweeteners. There are also experts in the store that can help you make smart choices.

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Near one of the 7 registers there is a community calendar, you find store events as well as fun community events!

Whole Foods is also great at giving back, four times a year they have what is called “5% days” 5% of the stores daily total is given to a community charity that the Marketing Team Leader helps pick.

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On opening day, WF Melrose has picked 5 recipients to receive 1% of the day’s sales. Those recipients are: The Melrose Educational Foundation, The Mayor’s Melrose Emergency Fund, The Friends of the Aging Group, The Bingham Community Playground at the Lincoln School, and the Servant’s Heart Food Pantry. The register coupon for the first month will be for the Bingham Community Playground.

Each of these charities will have representatives on opening day at Whole Foods Melrose if you want more information.

I love that Whole Foods isn’t just about getting good food in our bodies, or products for our bodies, they are about being a part of the community in which they are located, and not just another chain grocery store.

Are you going to head down for opening day? What is your favorite thing about your local Whole Foods?

Celebration Month!

It has been a marvelous 4 weeks indeed! If you have been reading this blog, even for a short amount of time, you might have noticed that it has been an explosion of celebrations.

Let’s just say Nick and I have a very busy beginning of summer. It starts with my birthday in mid-June, our anniversary, B’s birthday, and then ends almost exactly 4 weeks later with Nick’s birthday. True to most years we have had plans for every single one of the weekends during that period.

This past weekend was no exception, but it was all in the name of celebrating Nick’s birthday, and as a wonderful present, his newest Apple app was featured on App Advice (Simple Mic) check it out!

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We were in Connecticut and we were able to spend a few days in Nick’s parents pool

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On Saturday night we gathered a few of our friends and headed to Krust Wood-fired Pizza & Bourbon Bar in Middletown, per the recommendation of Caitlin!

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The birthday boy & Cait

I will be honest, I am not always super pumped for pizza, it’s okay Nick calls me Un-American because of it. However, I knew I would be okay with Krust because their menu has very unique pizzas. I also don’t like bourbon, but don’t worry, everyone else at the table had their fair share of bourbon, especially my husband.

I have to say, I was immediately blown away by Krust’s customer service, while they do not take reservations, we were able to give them a heads up that we had a large party and what time we were planning on coming in, and Kevin (owner and bartender extraordinaire) realized there was enough space for us right before we arrived and they set up a table so we could sit right away. He also came by the table multiple times to see how everything was. Fabulous!

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We obviously started with drinks, Cait had me order the Onyx Apple Pie, it wasn’t listed on their menu so I am not sure exactly what was in it, but it was delicious, a bit to strong as I was driving later in the evening, so I drank about 75% of the drink and Cait finished the rest. I love a friend that will step in for me, ha!

Not long after we started our drinks, we ordered our food. Krust has an everyday menu, but they also post their daily specials on Instagram!

I knew I HAD to have the Brussels pizza, that had fresh garlic, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, roasted brussels sprouts, roasted onion, evoo and salt. Krust is extremely accommodating, I added an egg and the kale medley that was on the special pizza of the day to my Brussels pizza. I don’t think I can eat pizza at another place again.

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This picture doesn’t even begin to do justice to the pizza. I even dipped my krust into Cait’s Gazpacho, which I told Kevin was the best Gazpacho I have ever tasted. I couldn’t finish the entire pizza so I sent my leftovers home with Cait for her and her mom.

I ordered a second during dinner, my traditional margarita.

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Krust is next door to the best cupcakes in CT, NoRA Cupcake Company. Anyone in CT that I have told the name of my blog too has told me that I NEED to get to NoRA ASAP. Krust sells their cupcakes for dessert.

I went with the obvious, the Margarita cupcake.

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Margarita with a side of…margarita. They have an entire cocktail line, I need to get my butt back their and try the Bubbly Cupcake.

It was nice and fluffy, the cake was moist and full of flavor, not dry at all. The frosting had salt sprinkles and it tasted just like a margarita. The sweet and savory hit the spot. I can’t wait to go back and try another flavor or four.

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Cait & I. Bloggers in crime.

Again, I want to say a huge thanks to Kevin (and the entire staff at Krust) for being awesome and making sure our party was always happy. The staff at Krust was awesome and I would suggest you all make your way to Middletown for great pizza, bourbon, and cupcakes!

While this month has been extremely busy (and felt like I was constantly on the go), I wouldn’t change a thing. I was able to spend our special moments with our amazing friends and families, and our friends who are just like family. This past month has helped me realize it’s about having quality friends in my life and not quantity. Thank you all for being a part of our special days.

Confessions of a Mom, Vol 3.

Disclaimer: please read this post with an open mind and sense of humor.

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted one, so lets get right to it shall we?

When I open the instructions to any toy B gets or any piece of furniture that Nick and I have to put together.

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When someone says a word that will get B’s attention and then he will become a begging machine {aka words like ice cream, cookies, or outside when it is dark out (we don’t have a street light on our road)}

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The first time I hang out with a new mom friend

 

 

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What are your confessions this week?

{Vol 1. & Vol 2.}

WIAW: Designer Whey’s Sustained Energy

Back in May I was given the opportunity to try a handful of Designer Whey’s products, I had a great experience. So when I found out I would be able to try the new product line of products, through my relationship with FitFluential, I jumped at the chance.

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Designer Whey has created a new blend of protein powders, in Chocolate Velvet and Vanilla Bean. This is DW’s Sustained Energy line. This product is a blended powder, it has whey, soy and casein. The whey digest quickly to fill you up and the soy and caseins absorb slowly, which helps you stat energized for hours. Each scoop is 100 calories, has 5 grams of fiber, and 16 grams of protein. So how did these products fare in my kitchen?

I’d say that Designer Whey knocked it out of the park again.

The first smoothie I made was one of my favorites

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1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
1 handful of Spinach
1 scoop of Designer Whey Sustained Energy: Chocolate Velvet
1 Tablespoon of Natural Peanut Butter
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen raspberries

I absolutely loved the chocolate flavor, it gave the smoothie a nice smooth and creamy consistency! So far so good.

Next up was the everyday oatmeal test. I always use some sort of vanilla flavor in my oatmeal and the Vanilla Bean was my choice.

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I am so glad I had this. The flavor was great with the oatmeal and really thickened up my daily oatmeal. The day I tried this I then proceeded to lock myself out of the house with B. I had to wait until Nick could get a break at work to come home and let me back in the house. Of course all of this was during this ridiculous heat wave we have been having.

Normally, I would be ready to eat my arm at this point and feeling really low, but surprisingly I was feeling good. A+ Designer Whey.

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With the powders, I received a copy of the June issue of Shape Magazine. Inside the magazine was a recipe for a Tropical Tone Up Smoothie.

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1/2 cup skim milk (I swapped out for unsweetened Almond)
1 scoop Designer Whey Sustained Energy Vanilla Bean
1/2 banana
1/2 cup pineapple (I used frozen)
pinch of cinnamon
1 cup of ice (I substituted with 1/2 cup frozen peaches)

It was so good even B wanted some (I made his without protein powder though)

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I love the new products from Designer Whey, its official. I have had some really bad protein powders, and Designer Whey keeps me happy with every powder they have.

Now onto the rest of WIAW!


I haven’t been eating just oatmeal, smoothies, and cake!

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This salad has been a staple around here. I love summer mostly because I gorge on tomatoes and watermelon.

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My go-to lunch has also been grilled chicken and roasted veggies!

Have you tried the new Designer Whey products? What are your summer staples?

Year of Baking: Quebrada Baking Co

At any family event I am always the person to jump to make the dessert, and at B’s first birthday party I made his smash cake and all the cupcakes, but it was overwhelming and I don’t have the skills to always do what I want to do.

I had contacted one person initially, and it just didn’t end up panning out. I resigned to the fact that I would be making a cake. My trainer ended up telling me about a bakery that was close to our old apartment (so glad I didn’t know about this place when I lived there).

Enter Quebrada Baking Co, I am closest to the Arlington location, but the Wellesley location is where they do the design work for ordered cakes.

I talked to the baker in the Wellesley shop via phone and then I ordered the cake at the Arlington location. Our birthday party theme for B was Toy Story, and all I wanted was for the cake to say Happy Birthday and then have a hanging 2, just like the movie.

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I also ordered cupcakes so that our guests could have a little variety.

I went and picked up the cake Saturday afternoon

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I wasn’t super impressed – I felt like I could do a do a better job…and why is the I the only lower case letter? Plus the 2 just looks weird, no?

Luckily, that’s where the bad ends, the cake was absolutely fantastic. I ordered a chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting, and it was one of the BEST cakes I have ever had. I never usually order chocolate but B loves it.

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Chocolate Cupcakes

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The destroyed cupcakes are my error and not the bakery’s! The cupcakes were a huge hit as well.

Yellow Cake Cupcakes.

Each box had 2 cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, buttercream frosting, whipped frosting, mocha frosting, coconut topping, and chocolate frosting.

Other than the decorating error, I loved everything about Quebrada, and I would definitely order a custom cake from them again (I would probably go to the Wellesley location to avoid any errors in the future).

Cake with Buzz Lightyear Candle

Cake with Buzz Lightyear Candle

We even had pastries from the bakery the next morning (they make mini’s of many of their pastries), including multiple types of croissants, cinnamon buns, scones, and muffins. All were delicious, and I am so glad I have to make the trek to get to Quebrada otherwise I would be there ALL the time!

The family!

The family!

Have you ever had a cake problem?

Year of Baking: Sweet Potato Bread

I know it’s been awhile since I posted a baking post. It’s not that I haven’t been baking, I have, but I have had a serious amount of failures, and I didn’t want to post multiple failures, I will eventually post them all in one post.

Nick and I went to CT for the holiday weekend, and my good friend Cait invited us to her family’s pool club for dinner on the 4th. The only request, I bring a salad and some sort of carby-goddness. Check and check.

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We had a little matchy thing going on!

For the salad, I made a real greek salad.

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Farm fresh tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion. Tossed with olive oil (straight from Greece) and a bit of salt, I usually add Feta, but I didn’t have any good stuff, so I used Mozz instead. Still very delicious.

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Cait’s mom made this amazing coleslaw, seriously, I need that recipe Mama C!

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I also had a grilled Salmon burger from Whole Foods and beans. Cait’s dad grilled Chicken and Turkey burgers for everyone as well! Check out her post for more info on our fun day!

But, my carbs is what inspired this post.

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Unfortunately, this is the only picture I have. We were too stuffed after dinner to eat the bread, so I gave it to Cait to take home. She ended up taking it to Kaitlin’s house with her and they left me twitter messages!

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Plus, many people left comments on Cait’s post asking for the recipe, so without further ado:

Ingredients
1.5 cups of all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts (pecans would be a great substitute)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
4 tablespoons of milk
1 cup of mashed sweet potato

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 325 F
2. Grease the bottom of a loaf pan
3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in a mixing bowl
4. In your mixer combine eggs, applesauce, milk and mashed sweet potatoes
5. Add the dry ingredients and mix until the ingredients are all together, don’t over mix
6. Pour the batter into the pan
7. Bake for 90 minutes
8. Cool in the pan on a baking rack for 20 minutes
9. Remove from pan and cool for another 30 minutes
10. If not serving immediately, I wrap and put in the fridge, and take it out the morning of the event.

It will stay good in the refrigerator for 5 days.

Notes

I actually used a mix of mashed sweet potato and butternut squash, since I made this the night before we went to CT and I had some steamed squash that would’ve just gone in the garbage.

I also used almond milk, since that’s what I had on hand.

You could also add raisins or chocolate chips if you wanted to add some other flavors.

Let me know if you make this so I can add your links to the post!

Max Downtown: Celebrating 5 Years

I’m still crying over the fact that my baby is two years old.

In an effort to feel better I want to share my WIAW or WIAF(Friday), the lovely meal that Nick and I shared for our 5 year wedding anniversary.


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Awkward hands!

We ended up choosing Max Downtown, one because we love the Max Restaurant Group (they own Max Fish where I had my birthday dinner)

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Two, it was a recommendation from my favorite drink chooser, Cait.

It was pretty much fate that we picked Max Downtown, because it was right next to the hotel Nick and I spent our wedding night, The Goodwin, which is no longer in business, but it was nice to have that memory.

Not the best photo, sorry!

Not the best photo, sorry!

The place was all but deserted when we walked in, I mean Hartford isn’t exactly the bustling city that Boston is, especially during a holiday weekend, but it was weird that there were only two other tables seated when we walked in.

Nick and I started with drinks, a glass of champagne for me and the Kentucky Lemonade for Nick.

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We started with apps, but since Nick and I have some very different taste buds we each had our own appetizer.

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Caesar Salad for Nick, I see fishies…

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I went for the amazing option, the Wok seared Ahi Tuna. I loved my Tuna Tartare at Max Fish and this is a completely different dish and just as wonderful. The Tuna was seared to perfection and I loved the crust, just enough kick for me to notice, but not to ruin my dinner.

I didn’t grab a photo of Nick’s dinner, but he ended up getting the Sirloin Special which came with Beer Battered Onion Rings.

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I went with the Filet Mignon Oscar Style. It came with Jumbo Crab, Parmesan Crusted Asparagus, Sour Cream and Chive Potato Puree, and Bernaise sauce.

The steak was cooked to a beautiful medium rare, and the crab was sweet and full of flavor, however the sauce completely overwhelmed the dish, I wish it had a drizzle instead of what seemed like a heavy-handed ladle pour. I could only eat about half and boxed the rest to send home. Those potatoes though, heaven on a plate.

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For dessert we had the S’mores Brûlée (this meal is looking a lot like mine at Max Fish, huh?). Creme Brûlée is one of my favorite desserts and I love seeing a twist on a classic. The marshmallow was easy to eat with the brûlée, my only complaint was that the crackers were not crispy, they were chewy, not stale, but I was definitely missing that crunch factor.

The waitress also served us each a glass of sweet champagne, on the house.

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Nick and I leisurely worked our way through dessert and then headed home at the late hour of 8 pm, (party animals!).

I enjoyed our time at Max Downtown, and loved our entire meal. While pricy, it is definitely worth it for a special occasion, and I am glad I got to spend it with my main squeeze.

What would you order at Max Downtown?

Two

I can’t believe a year ago I was writing these posts.

I can’t believe that as you are reading this my baby has turned into a TWO year old. He is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me and I am grateful I get to spend all this time with him.

As the saying goes, “The days are long, but the years are short.”

Just yesterday, I was looking at him from a hospital bed, wondering how on earth I was going to be able to do this mom thing.

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and today I can’t even imagine life without your amazing smile.

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wearing Yia Yia’s glasses, thanks for the pic Uncle Coco!

You are speaking in full sentences, and understand a lot of what we are communicating, and even ignore us when we say no.

You sleep in a regular bed, but we haven’t even tried the potty thing.

You love the outdoors and to go swimming, my little adventure man.

You love to show daddy how to do squats and you yell at mommy if she stops before you tell her.

We even had to leave your first home, and you were none to pleased about it.

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But you adjusted just fine and even started your own blog ;)!
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I love you my darling little boy. You are full of spunk and sass (just like your momma) and you love music and computers (just like your daddy). I can’t wait to see where this next year takes us, but what I do know is that it is going to be an amazing adventure.